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Headshots of 20 RespectAbility 2022 in-person Entertainment Lab Participants

Jackie Todd

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2022

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Jackie Todd

Jackie Todd is a sci-fi fantasy writer based in LA. She is a former contortionist and vaudevillian who always brings a touch of the surreal to her scripts that center around sibling dynamics and the emotional and physical toll of living with chronic illness, disability, and trauma. She is currently a participant in the RespectAbility Lab for summer 2022. She has recently completed her MFA at Columbia University and has a background in production, streaming, and VFX.

Originally from Chicago, she has a background in documentary film, has workshopped projects with Kartemquin Films, and produced documentaries for the University of Chicago. Her work has been featured by the Washington Post, National Geographic, and Wired. She pivoted her work live streaming, producing events across the globe for clients including Marketo, VMware, and Autodesk. While her career as a live streaming event producer went on hiatus for her MFA in 2018, she continues streaming on Twitch and consulting with small companies looking to produce their own live streaming and social video content.

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After an extensive search and interview process, 20 individuals were invited to participate in the Los Angeles Cohort of RespectAbility’s 2022 Entertainment Lab taking place June 7 – July 14, 2022. This 6-week, 18-session Lab aims to further develop and elevate the talent pipeline of diverse professionals with disabilities working behind-the-scenes in television, film, and streaming. Participants include people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health, and other disabilities ranging in age from people in their 20’s through their 50’s. The Lab is a recipient of The Roddenberry Foundation Impact Award.

The Los Angeles Cohort of the 2022 Entertainment Lab is made possible with support by:

  • Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and Netflix
  • Gold Sponsors: The Harnisch Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company
  • Silver Sponsors: Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and NBCUniversal
  • Location Sponsors: Bunim-Murray Productions, DreamWorks Animation, Endeavor, Lionsgate, Nielsen, and ROSIES Foundation

Meet the Author

Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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